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SWINDON ROBINS: Kildemand set for Blunsdon return
6:00am Monday 12th November 2012 in Sport
PETER Kildemand could this week become the first of Swindon’s Elite League title winning riders to commit his future to the club.
The Dane, who won the Advertiser’s rider of the year award, entertained the Blunsdon crowd with his all-action displays last season and put in a title-winning performance in the play-off final second leg victory over Poole last month.
Talks have already begun to bring the Robins asset back to the club for 2013, and a deal could even be done before the sport’s AGM which begins on Friday.
“We have been talking to him and he seems happy with everything, so hopefully we can tie that one up soon,” team manager Alun Rossiter said.
“We need to cut down a deal, and he could be the first one we sign, just like last year, because he is our asset.
“Obviously we will need to be in contact with Peterborough to see what they are doing about Hans and Troy, but things are a lot easier with Peter.”
If a deal can be done, Rossiter believes Kildemand is only going to improve.
“He has burst onto the scene really, and he seems to have benefitted from his time with us, there is a bit of both where we have helped him and he has helped us.
“He has endeared himself to the Swindon fans, and he has proved a very good signing for us and he has been very exciting to watch.
“He is a young guy who works hard, and he is only going to improve in the future.”
Rossiter is understandably keen to bring as many of his title winning riders back to the club as possible, and wants the fans to be able to connect with the team after a number of years of change.
“We will have to see what the points limit is, but it is time to get a bit of continuity at the club,” he said.
“We want the fans to get to know the riders for once, because there has been a lot of change here in the last few years.
“Let’s go back to when I used to ride, because when I was at Poole I rode from 1989 to 2002 and even though I went away a couple of times I kept coming back.
“There were five or six seasons on the trot, and it wasn’t just me either there were a few others too. We are a team sport and we need to be a recognisable team so the fans start getting to know their riders.
“They all seem keen to come back, but we are governed by other clubs so we need to be looking to cover ourselves if it is not possible.”